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by Shonah Raffan on 31 Jul 2018



For me, Shonah Raffan - Managing Director of Strategic Resources, it all started in May 1988, when I joined Strategic as an Admin/Accounts Assistant. It’s truly frightening to think that I’ve been working here longer than some of the staff have been born!

How things have changed in recruitment since 1988. Rolodex cards or manual filing was the order of the day for client details and candidate CVs. Contacting candidates was by phone or letter (if you were lucky you might get a response 3 or 4 days later). If I did phone a candidate and there was no response, a favourite trick of mine was to order the cheapest pot plant and have it delivered to their door with a message to contact me. It worked a treat!

I remember typing and hand-delivering countless CVs and tenders (once being stopped by security at Shell UK Exploration as I was speeding in their car park with minutes to spare to deliver the tender). The good old days, how I miss them…

There have been many highs and lows within the oil and gas industry over the last 30 years. The good times brought wealth, not only to the people working directly for the oil-related companies but to those who worked in the service industries too: hotels, taxis, restaurants, cleaners etc. The last few years has affected everybody, not just those individuals working in “oil”. We are, as they say, seeing “green shoots of recovery”. It’s been a long time coming, but things are on the up – albeit slowly.

We have been diversifying our business in the last couple of years and have broadened our recruitment, contractor management services and the provision of client out-sourced payrolls into non-oil industries. Change means survival.

After a discussion with my colleagues, it was unanimously agreed to celebrate 30 years in business by raising money for 3 charities.  Our chosen charities were JDRF, Children 1st and Archway Respite Care Ltd. Each of them have a special place in our hearts and we raised a whopping £5,205!

I would like to take this opportunity to mention the Strategic Resources Team. They are wonderful people and have stayed the course during these very difficult times – thank you all!

Strategic Resources is committed to our clients, candidates and contractors – many thanks for your continued support. Our success over the last 30 years makes me very proud and I can’t wait to see what the next few years has to offer.